Eight Rockford figure skaters take firsts at Shamrock Open

From press release

March 14, the Rockford Park District held its Fifth Annual Shamrock Open Basic Skills Figure Skating Competition. Ninety-six competitors from northern Illinois and Wisconsin participated in the events held at Carlson Ice Arena.

In the Basic 3 Compulsory Moves, Lydia Carlson placed second of out three skaters. Also in the Basic 3 Free Skate, Lydia placed second out of five skaters.

In the Basic 4 Compulsory Moves, Rockford skaters took three of five places. Victoria Horton took third place, Paige Brodeski took fourth place, and Sydney Kampmier took fifth place. These same three girls also placed in the Basic Free 4 Free Skate: Brodeski placed second, Horton placed fourth, and Kampmier placed fifth. Madison Marconi took second in the Basic 5 Free Skate.

Benjamin Kies took second in both the Basic 6 Compulsory Moves and Free Skate. In the Basic 6 Free Skate, Kies was joined by Jenna Wallgrin, who placed sixth, and Natalie Johnson, who placed third in both events.

Much like the Basic 4 competitions, the Basic 8 Compulsory Moves and Free Skate had four places taken by Rockford skaters. Morgan Carlson placed third in the Compulsory Moves and sixth in the Free Skate. Jessica Kraus placed fourth in Compulsory Moves and seventh in the Free Skate. Autumn Alderman placed fifth in the Compulsory Moves and third in the Free Skate. Karlie Taylor received first place in the Compulsory Moves and second place in the Free Skate.

In Freeskate 1 Compulsory Moves, Alexa Norvell placed first. With Norvell in the Compulsory Moves, other Rockford skaters also placed as follows: Lauren Bonavia, second; Francesca Butera, third; Calri Petrie, fourth; Madeline Roth, fifth; and Brianna Pifer, sixth. In the Free Skate Group B, Norvell again placed first, followed by Bonavia in second. In Free Skate Group A, Pifer took second, Roth took third, and Petrie took fourth. In Free Skate Group B, Butera took third.

In Limited Beginner Compulsory Moves Group A, Rockford skater Isabella West took first place, Hannah Taylor took third, and Jessica Barlow took fourth. In Group B, Ella Ruder took third and Valerie Parker took fourth. In the Limited Beginner Test Track Group A, Valerie Parker tied for first with one other skater. In Group B, Barlow took first place, Taylor took second, West took third and Ruder took fourth.

Faith Sutton placed first in the Beginner Compulsory Moves; Tricia Griffin took second, and Haley Sommer took fourth. Sutton also took first in the Beginner Test Track Free Skate, with Griffin taking third and Sommer taking sixth. In the Preliminary Test Track Free Skate, Marisa Banz took third place. Phenixx Montgomery-Bradley took second place in the Snowplow Sam Compulsory Moves and fourth in the Snowplow Sam Free Skate with Jackie Ruder, who took fifth.

In the No Test Compulsory Moves, Caitlynn Ulmer took first and Sydnie Beskel took second. In the Free Skate, Beskel took third and Ulmer took fourth.

Elizabeth Rieger took fourth in the Preliminary Compulsory Moves, followed by Natasha Ferrero in fifth. Rieger also took fourth in the Preliminary Test Track Free Skate.

Another first-place tie came in the Pre-Preliminary Test Track Free Skate; Elyse Knoll tied for first place with another skater and took second in the Pre-Preliminary Compulsory Moves with Natasha Ferrero, who placed fifth. Colleen Brown placed fourth in the Compulsory Moves and fifth in the Free Skate Group B, along with Annabelle Stefanic, who took seventh.

Rockford skaters had a total of eight first-place finishes and 15 second-place finishes in the 40 events in which they competed.

Coaches were Audra Abernethy, Brigitte Carlson Roquet, Jenn Caron, Char Guarino, Tarah Lanier, Patti Replogle, Kathy Torrence and Carol Ueck.

For more information, contact Brigitte Carlson Roquet, Figure Skating Program Manager, Ice Facilities, at (815) 969-4073 or brigittecarlson@rockfordparkdistrict.org.

From the April 7-13, 2010 issue

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